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The Opportunists (2000)

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A struggling auto mechanic with a criminal past agrees to one last heist to pay off his debts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael 'Mikey' Lawler, aka Michael Kelly (as Peter Mcdonald)
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Diedre 'Dee'
Rest Home Sister
Rest Home Priest
Pat Duffy
Sally Mahon
Paul D'Amato ...
Arnon Morris
Ismail Espinoza
Jesus Del Toro (as Jose Zuniga)
Branden Vega ...
Tony Del Toro


Vic is a struggling auto mechanic with a safe-cracking past and a lot of debt. His girlfriend runs a bar and offers to loan him the money she's saved for remodeling, but Vic is reluctant to take it. When a long-lost cousin from Ireland shows up on his doorstep, the two team up for one last heist. Written by Anonymous

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Crime pays. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,967 (USA) (11 August 2000)


$581,142 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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When he is using the ratchet wrench, it is turning the bolt when it is clicking. A ratchet clicks on the return stroke not on the tightening stroke. See more »

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Very little action, but fine "character study" starring Christopher Walken.
8 August 2001 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Christopher Walken and his girlfriend played by Cindi lauper are both New Yorkers so I'm certain they both felt right at home in their roles. Many who like fast action, snappy dialog types of films will be bored with this one. However, for those like me who enjoy a great, well-developed character study carried out in about 88 minutes, this is worth a viewing.

Walken plays a safe-cracker who has served his time and trying to go straight, working as a mechanic, and paying for his old aunt to stay in a home run by nuns. Always on the verge of debt, the sale of his car is saboutaged by someone wanting to get him to do one more job, the safe at the armored car office. So, pressured from all sides, he agrees.

In the safe, his halpess "helper", posing as a cousin from Ireland, gets Walken trapped and caught by the cops. He gets out of it when the business owner, who also runs an illegal laundering operation, fails to press charges. We see walken going back into Lauper's bar, presumably to live straight from then on.

The story thus is sorta victimless. Although Walken and the others are helped by the one money bag that is successfully stolen by the Irish guy, then split up, it was money illegally gotten. We are, I suppose, to forgive Walken because he had no choice. The most interesting scene was where he was practicing "cracking" the 3 different safe combinations within 6 minutes to avoid setting off the alarm.

The DVD is "budget" all the way - Dolby AC-3 sound, no menu, no extras. However, the sound and picture are not deficient, given the formats. Just a well-acted, low-budget film, and I enjoyed it.

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